Explore the stunning and less visited high plains of Chile and Peru on this incredibly scenic and off the beaten track tour. Start in Arica with ancient hieroglyphics and the Andean Flamingo, experience the deepest canyon in South America and finish at fabulous Machu Picchu.
|Day 1||Arrive Santiago|
|Day 3||Fly to Arica|
|Day 4||Codpa and Putre|
|Day 5||Lauca National Park|
|Day 6||Travel to Arequipa|
|Day 8||Colca Canyon|
|Day 11||Sacred Valley|
|Day 12||Machu Picchu|
A private tour with a local guide to uncover the cultural and modern day treasures of this city. There are also options to bike your way around town.
This morning you fly to the very north of Chile, Arica. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and you will begin to explore this remote, fascinating region. In the colourful Azapa valley you will visit the archeological museum with its 7600 year old mummies from the Chinchorro culture. You continue on to the Codpa Valey, a typical Andean village rich in tradition and with beautiful churches.
This morning you visit more characterful villages on the way to see the Ofragia petroglyph dating back 10,000 years. You can then soak in the hot springs at Chitune before continuing to the town of Belen. Today ends at Putre which is nestled at the base of Tarapaca volcano.
Declared a Biosphere reserve in 1981, Lauca is a haven for wildlife and the landscape has an other-worldly feel with strange low growing plants. Today you are welcome to join a traditional Aymaran ceremony before taking a hike from Cotacotani Lagoons to the village of Parinacota with its picturesque 17th Century church. After lunch hike to Lake Chungara, the highest in the world. Backed by volcanoes and with over 130 native wildlife and plant species. The day ends with a visit to the local market at Chucuyo where you can participate in making traditional Andean clothing.
This morning you cross into Peru, traveling from Putre to Arequipa. Peru’s second city is overlooked by ice capped volcanoes, its streets are full of colonial streets built with the beautiful white local volcanic stone.
Your local guide will walk you around the city this morning visiting the main plaza and the Santa Catalina convent. This afternoon you can stroll around at your own pace and maybe visit the Juanita museum.
Travel to Colca Canyon over the high plains through Vicuna National Park. Colca Canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon. The scenery is dominated by snow capped peaks. Locals toil the ground on atchwork terraces and then the canyon falls down below. Overnight at Chivay on the edge of the canyon.
Spend the morning observing giant Andean condors – some with wingspans of over 10 feet -before visiting some of the historic sites in Colca. Later today you return to Arequipa.
Today you fly to Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Your local guide will take you on a fascinating city tour. Here Incan stonework stands side by side with great Spanish-style churches. The blend of Andean mysticism and Catholic faith can be seen in the works of the Cusco school of art on display in the Cathedral. Your tour continues to the massive Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman and great views of Cusco.
Today you visit the green and fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas including a trip to the colorful traditional market at Chinchero. Explore the town and Inca site of Ollantaytambo before taking the train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu.
An early start to experience Machu Picchu at dawn if you wish. Your guide will spend 2 hours with you after which you can explore on your own before returning to Cusco by train and transfer.
We work with accommodation from 3 star and upwards. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room in a 3 star hotel. Ask us for upgrade recommendations and prices.
This charming hotel full of character is housed in an 18th century house.
Regarded as one of Arequipa’s best hotels.
Recently renovated, the Tierra Viva is located in the centre of Puno.
The tranquil Casa Andina Private Collection blends well with its surroundings.
18 stunning boutique rooms all with beautiful views across Lake Titicaca.
This beautiful independent hotel with 18 rooms is quiet yet central in the arty San Blas area.
A beautifully restored colonial building that once made up part of a market.
The most famous of Cusco’s hotels and deservedly so.
hotel originally opened in 1925 and is a romantic place to stay just set back from the platform of the little train station in Ollantaytambo.
Pretty walkways overflowing with flowers lead you to your own ‘casita’.
The Rio Sagrado is a charming small luxurious hotel in lush gardens.
Continue to Bolivia and Sajama, the country’s highest peak and continue to La Paz.
Include Lake Titicaca and take the overland journey from Arequipa all the way to Cusco
Add a few days in Chile´s Atacama Desert
Domestic flights are included in the price and we can also arrange your international flights. Fly into Santiago de Chile and out of Lima or the other way around, the trip works equally well both ways. Both are well served by European and North American airlines.